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Maple Glazed Ham
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A gorgeous festive treat

Maple Glazed Ham

Maple Glazed Ham is a gorgeous festive centerpiece that will impress your guests. With a few tricks and tips, you will master this recipe in no time.

Maple Glazed Ham
Easter and Christmas are special occasions that bring families and friends together to celebrate life. And when there's a celebration, there's always food involved. We believe that every celebration should have a stunning centerpiece dish that dazzles and impresses your guests. Today, we'd like to share with you a recipe for Maple Glazed Ham, a magnificent dish that's perfect for major holidays. To make things easier and faster, we suggest buying a fully cooked boneless ham. Then, we recommend making thin cuts into the ham's fat to help it caramelize beautifully and make serving easier. We hope you'll enjoy this recipe as much as we enjoyed creating it.

A gorgeous Easter Maple Glazed Ham

Holidays and celebrations are all about connecting and celebrating life. Each year we make Ham for Easter. Last year, we made Ham in Bread, and this year, it's Maple Glazed Ham. This Apricot Glazed Ham is: 

  • a stunning centerpiece for your Easter brunch
  • the glaze is sweet and shines beautifully
  • use fully cooked bonless ham
  • optionally keep it in the fridge or freezer
  • the perfect holiday dish that meat-lovers will adore
  • dairy-free and gluten-free recipe


The rule is this. Always cook the ham in the beginning for 15 minutes, then add 20 minutes for each 500g (1.1 pounds) of ham. Our ham weighs 2.2 pounds, so we bake it like this:

15 minutes + 2 x 20 minutes = 55 minutes

Maple Glazed Ham

Maple Glazed Ham

Essential ingredients

This gorgeous Easter Apricot Glazed Ham is not only gorgeous but also super delicious. You can find the whole recipe below. Here are a few more words about crucial ingredients.

Ham - for this recipe, we choose a boneless ham  Z'Dežele. We removed the skin (you can buy skinless ham) and made thin cuts into the fat to create cuts for better caramelization and easier serving. Fully cooked ham is the way to go in this recipe to speed things up. If you don't have a fully cooked ham, cook it beforehand.

Maple syrup has a subtle, gentle flavor and is naturally sweet, which is great in this recipe. A good substitute would be honey.

Herbs - use fresh herbs like sage and rosemary; they balance the flavors and add freshness.

Spices - we need all spices, including cinnamon and cloves. They add festive aromas. Optionally add cardamom if you have it at home.

Maple Glazed Ham

Maple Glazed Ham

Maple Glazed Ham

Storing and freezing

Storing Maple Glazed Ham is simple. Feel free to store it in two ways.

Place the Maple Glazed Ham into an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 7 days. Store the ham in an airtight container. You can either store the whole ham, or slices only.

Freeze the Maple Glazed Ham. Place the dish in an airtight container or freezer bag and place it in the freezer for up to 1 month. Before serving, defrost at room temperature or in the fridge overnight. Serve cold.

How to make Maple Glazed Ham at home (video)

Check this quick video to master making Maple Glazed Ham at home.



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Lets get cooking!

  • serves
  • preparation:
  • bake:
    hour 10 minutes
  • total time:
    hour 25 minutes


  • glaze

    First, make the glaze. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan: maple syrup, apricot jam, herbs, spices, water, brown sugar, and mustard. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes for the glaze to thicken, then remove from the heat and bring to room temperature.

  • prepare the oven and baking dish

    Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 160 °C / 320 °F. Line a deep baking dish with two layers of parchment paper.

  • Maple Glazed Ham

    Remove the skin of the ham, if it has one. Make thin cuts through the fat of the skin. Don't cut into the meat. Place the ham on the prepared baking dish. Using a kitchen brush, brush the ham with the glaze, then place it meat-side down. Transfer to a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour or until it caramelizes. After half an hour of baking, turn the ham around so the cuts look up. Increase the oven temperature to 200 °C / 390 °F and bake for 15 minutes. Take the maple glazed ham from the oven, cut it into slices, and serve it with roasting juices.


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